List of Vietnam War flying aces

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The following is a list of flying aces of the Vietnam War

Name Country Service Victories
Nguyễn Văn Cốc[1] North Vietnam North Vietnam Air Force 9
Nguyễn Văn Bảy[1] North Vietnam North Vietnam Air Force 7
Capt. Charles B. "Chuck" DeBellevue[2] United States United States Air Force 6
Lt Randall "Duke" Cunningham[3] United States United States Navy1 5
Lt j.g. William P. Driscoll United States United States Navy 5
Capt. Steve Ritchie[4] United States United States Air Force1 5
Capt. Jeff Feinstein[5] United States United States Air Force 5
Nguyễn Đức Soát[1] North Vietnam North Vietnam Air Force 5
Vũ Ngọc Đỉnh [1] North Vietnam North Vietnam Air Force 5


Note: North Vietnamese sources claim they had 16 aces in all (five or more kills) but as these claims have not yet been verified by U.S sources, they are not shown in the chart above.


1Cunningham and Ritchie were the only American pilot aces of the Vietnam War. The other three were Weapon Systems Officers (Air Force) or Radar Intercept Officers (Navy). Robin Olds was a triple ace who flew in the Vietnam War, but only 4 of his 16 kills were from Vietnam, the other 12 were from World War II.[6]


See also[edit]

List of United States aerial victories of the Vietnam War

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Phantom and Thud Killers". acepilots.com. 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Futrell,, R. Frank (1976). United States Air Force in Southeast Asia 1965-1973: Aces and Aerial Victories. Air University, Headquarters USAF. pp. 93–105. 
  3. ^ "F-4 Phantom Pilot, Navy Ace in Vietnam". acepilots.com. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie". tripod.com. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jeffrey S. Feinstein". militarytimes.com. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Robin Olds, 84, Fighter Ace and Hero of Big Vietnam Battle, Dies". Retrieved 10 October 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Toperczer, Istvan. MiG-21 Units of the Vietnam War.Osprey Combat Aircraft #29. 2008; ISBN 978-1-84176-263-0.
  • Michel III, Marshall L. Clashes, Air Combat over North Vietnam 1965-1972. Naval Institute Press 1997. ISBN 978-1-59114-519-6.